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Public Outreach Program

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The public outreach program of the Constitutional Assembly is aimed at reaching the General Public, Civil Society, Public Officers, Religious Dignitaries, School Children, Youth and other stakeholders by raising awareness of the constitutional reform process of Sri Lanka.

Workshops and training programs were carried out as part of an effective and comprehensive public awareness programme to reach the stakeholders mentioned above and on the basis of a “Training of Trainers” Programme, conducted island-wide on a District basis.

The program is coordinated by Mr. Winston Pathiraja, Secretary to the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms and conducted under the leadership of Mr. Lal Wijenayake, Chairman of the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms.
The Programmes are designed to raise awareness through technical/academic addressesby Resource Persons who are attached to the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms, academics and officials working with the current constitutional reforms process. The Programmes raise awareness as to the need for a new constitution and educate the participants about the substance and process behind constitutional reform in Sri Lanka, based on material available in the public domain.  
To generate much needed awareness and interest and to engage the public in relation to the discourse surrounding the constitutional reform process of Sri Lanka, the workshops also included a Question and Answer session at the very end. The Q & A sessions facilitate and enable participants to clarify matters pertaining to the constitutional reforms process in progress, gain better understanding and engage in effective dialogue relating to the constitutional reform process and the needs and aspirations of the general public in the context of formulating a new constitution for the country. These endeavours are focused on building public confidence and creating further inclusiveness in the present constitutional reform agenda.

The following awareness programmes were mounted in pursuit of the overall objective of raising awareness among stakeholders to the constitutional reform process of Sri Lanka
  • Youth Forum in collaboration with the National Youth Services Council (NYSC)
  • The Youth Forum which was conducted in collaboration with the NYSC commenced in the 2nd week of 2016 and was aimed at raising awareness amongst the Youth of the country.
  • School Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Education
  • The Schools Programme commenced in January 2017 and was conducted in all 25 districts in collaboration with the Provincial Directors of Education. The participants of this programme were Advanced Level students from each school in the District along with teachers of Political Science or subjects related to constitutional matters.
  • The Public Officers’ Forum in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the District Secretaries
  • The Public Officers Forum was aimed at raising awareness amongst public officers such as Divisional Secretaries, representatives of other public departments in the district, Development Officers, and Grama Niladhari Officers.
  • Public Forum (Civil Society) in collaboration with the civil society organizations around the island and an additional civil society programme in collaboration with the Sarvodaya Movement.
  • The Public Forum with Civil Society involved the participation of reputed civil society activists and organizations from each district in consultation with the District Secretariats.
    Information and material including media coverage relating to the public outreach efforts on constitutional reform can be accessed here.